Upskilling and retraining


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Australia. Productivity Commission


Technological advances will create new job opportunities but will also displace some jobs, including occupations previously considered 'irreplaceable'. If the education system, and those in or entering the workforce, are not responsive to changing skill needs, there is a risk of higher unemployment, underemployment and lower earning prospects, which in turn are likely to reduce engagement in the labour market. Improving the employability of workers through upskilling and retraining is a necessary response to the combined effect of an ageing workforce and technological change. However,...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Labour market; Technology; Skills and knowledge; Lifelong learning; Workforce development; Providers of education and training

Keywords: Skill needs; Skill development; Retraining; Employment opportunity; Technological change; Older worker

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Productivity Commission, 2017

Physical description: 49 p.

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Also called: Shifting the dial 5 year productivity review: supporting paper no. 8: upskilling and retraining

ISBN: 9781740376365 (PDF)

More information about the 'Shifting the dial: 5 year productivity review' may be found at:

Resource type: Paper

Document number: TD/TNC 130.605

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